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The School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is pleased to host the Wits Economics/ Finance Seminar Series hosted weekly. The seminars take place on Mondays at 13:00 - 14:00 at the New Commerce Building (NCB), room 247. For details please contact

2020 Schedule 

Autumn 2020
  • February 10, Nobantu Mbeki (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Radical Uncertainty and the Limits of Mark-up Pricing'
  • February 20 (Thursday), Montfort Mlachila (International Monetary Fund), 'The Impact of Conflict and Political Instability on Banking Crises in Developing Countries'
  • February 24, Adeola Oyenubi (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Impact of Social Transfers on Depressive Symptoms: Evidence from the South African Old Age Pension'
  • March 2, Paul Vaaler (University of Minnesota), 'Reverse Regulation? National Political Budget Cycles and the Moderating Power of Transnational Rating Agencies'
  • March 9, Aroop Chatterjee (Southern Centre for Inequality Studies) and Amory Gethin (World Inequality Lab), 'Estimating the Distribution of Household Wealth in South Africa'
  • (Cancelled) March 16, Giampaolo Garzarelli (University of the Witwatersrand), 'A Modular Theory of the State'
  • March 30, James Britten (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Quality on the JSE'
  • April 6, Eric Picard (University of Pretoria), 'The South African Private Health Care Market: Moving from a Bad to a Good Pricing Regime'
  • April 20, Nimisha Naik (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Does Corruption in Commodity Rich Nations Attract Investment?'
  • May 4, Co-Pierre Georg (University of Cape Town), 'Cape of Good Homes'
  • May 11, Dori Posel (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Only a Housewife? Subjective Well-being and Women’s Activity Status in South Africa'
Spring 2019
  • August 7, Ryan Hawthorne (Acacia Economics), 'Narrowing the ‘Digital Divide’: the Role of Complementarities Between Fixed and Mobile Data in South Africa' 
  • August 14, Biniam Bedasso (Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative), 'South-South Migration and Elections: Evidence from South Africa'
  • August 21, Aylit Romm (University of the Witwatersrand), 'The Nature of Inconsistencies in Measures of Risk Preferences: Self-Reported General Risk Propensity versus Risk Preference Elicited through a Hypothetical Financial Gamble'
  • August 28, Ronald Wall (University of the Witwatersrand)'Uneven Ties: Multilevel Centrality of Cities and Countries within the Global Investment Network and its Impact on Income Inequality'
  • September 2, Deon Joubert (Eskom), 'Quasi Fiscal Deficits and the Price of Electricity' (NCB 247)
  • September 11, Jonathan Klaaren (Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research), 'Increasing the Benefits, Reducing the Costs: Adding Competitiveness to African Regional Economic Integration'
  • September 18, Lukasz Grzybowski (University of Cape Town)'Estimating Consumer Inertia in Repeated Choices of Smartphones'
  • September 25, Montfort Mlachila (International Monetary Fund), 'Struggling to Make the Grade: A Review of the Causes and Consequences of the Weak Outcomes of South Africa’s Education System'
  • October 2, Greg Farrell (University of the Witwatersrand)'The Relationship between Financial Stability Risks and the Real Economy: A Growth-at-Risk Analysis for South Africa'
  • October 9, Yoseph Getachew (University of Pretoria)'Redistribution, Inequality and Efficiency with Credit Constraints'
  • October 14, Sean Muller (University of Johannesburg), 'External Validity in Economics: an Update'
  • October 16, Paul Alagidede (Wits Business School), 'Cannabis: Pre-history, Economic Potential and Future Prospects'
  • October 21 (Monday), Dambala Kutela (University of the Witwatersrand)'Political Development and Income Inequality: Does Urbanisation Matter?'
Autumn 2019
  • February 14, Uma Kollamparambil and Frederik Booysen (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Gender Inequality in the Prevalence of Non-Communicable Disease Multi-Morbidity in South Africa: A Decomposition Analysis' (on Thursday)
  • February 20, Jesse Naidoo (University of Pretoria), 'The Engel Curves of Noncooperative Households'
  • February 27, Prudence Magejo (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Former Homeland Areas and Unemployment in South Africa'
  • March 4, Everisto Mugocha (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Import Tariffs Pass Through Effect and the Spatial Distribution of Domestic Consumer Goods Prices: Zimbabwe (2009-2014)'
  • March 6, Leone Walters (University of Pretoria), 'Ethnic Favoritism in South Africa: Evidence from Public Infrastructure Provision'
  • March 13, Alain Pholo (University of Johannesburg), 'Market Potential, Agglomeration Effects and the Location of French Firms in Africa' (in NCB 217)
  • March 18, Dambala Kutela (University of the Witwatersrand), 'The Causal Effect of Income on Household Energy Transition: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Analysis'
  • March 20, Nils Goldschmidt (University of Siegen)'The Birth of Ordoliberalism'
  • March 28, Milenko Fadic (OECD), 'Income Shocks and Children's Educational Development: The Case of Uganda'
  • April 3, Volker Schoer (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Preliminary Findings from the Early Grade Reading Study: the Impact of a Teacher Instructional Change Intervention on Learner Performance'
  • April 10, Tendai Gwatidzo (University of the Witwatersrand), 'The African Entrepreneurship Gaps: How Important are the Institutional Environments and the Financial System?'
  • April 17, Patrizio Piraino (University of Cape Town)'Estimating Intergenerational Income Mobility on Two Samples: Sensitivity to Model Selection'
  • April 24, Aldo Sitoe (University of the Witwatersrand), 'An Analogy: Tragedy of the Commons and the Problem of Inter-jurisdictional Externalities'
  • May 7, Montfort Mlachila, (International Monetary Fund) 'Is the African Continental Free Trade Area a Game Changer for the Continent?'
  • May 15, Olanrewaju Adediran (University of the Witwatersrand), 'The Effect of Old-Age Pension on Women's Autonomy: Evidence from Quantile Regression'
Spring 2018
  • July 18, Richard Langlois (University of Connecticut), 'The Fisher Body Case and Organizational Economics'
  • August 1, Tendai Zawaira (University of Pretoria), 'Gender Inequality and Marketisation Hypothesis in sub-Saharan Africa'
  • August 8, Giampaolo Garzarelli (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Autochthonous State Formation by Fission in Southern Africa '
  • August 15, Gareth Roberts (University of the Witwatersrand), 'The Effects of the Price of Food and Beer on Crime in South Africa'
  • August 29, Augustin Fosu (Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research (ISSER), University of Ghana), 'The Importance of Inequality in Transforming Growth into Poverty Reduction in Africa’
  • September 6, James Galbraith (University of Texas at Austin), ‘The Measurement of Economic Inequality across Countries and through Time: an Approach with Implications for Understanding the Distributive Impact of Global Macroeconomic Conditions and Events '
  • September 12, Eleni Yitbarek (University of Pretoria), 'Credit, Training, Risk Preference and Enterprise Performance: Evidence from Ethiopia'
  • September 19, Manoel Bittencourt (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Trade Openness and Fertility Rates in Africa: Panel-Data Evidence' (13:00 - 14:00)
  • September 26, Nimrod Zalk (the DTI), ‘The Things We Lost in the Fire: The Political Economy of Post-Apartheid Restructuring of the South African Steel and Engineering Sectors.'
  • October 3, Dambala Kutela (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Cooperation under Alternative Enforcement Institutions: Evidence from Framed Field Experiment of Commons' Dilemma'
  • October 10, Kevin Nell (University of Johannesburg), 'Conditional Divergence in the Post-1989 Globalisation Period'
  • October 15 (Monday), Montie Mlachila (International Monetary Fund), 'Domestic Revenue Mobilization in sub-Saharan Africa: What are the Possibilities?' (13:00 - 14:00)
  • October 24, Joseph Ajefu and Daniela Casale (University of the Witwatersrand), 'Long-Term Effects of Exposure to War on Domestic Violence: Evidence from the Nigerian Civil War'
  • October 31, Celso Monjane (Roskilde University), 'Rethinking the Political Economy of Commodity-Based Linkages: Insights from the Coal Sector in Mozambique'